Icelandics are a mid-sized sheep. Rams weigh around 180-220 lbs. Ewes are around 130-160lbs.
They are prolific usually twining but triplets are not uncommon. Lambs are vigorous usually weighing around 6-8lbs.
Icelandic sheep are a triple purpose breed bred for meat, milk, and wool. They can be sheared twice a year. They have a dual coat of fleece. The thel, the inner coat is very fine and soft while the tog is the outer longer and coarser layer.
Their fleece comes in many colors, black and moorit being base colors. However with these colors they have five patterns :white, grey, badgerface, mouflon and solid.
Spotting also appears.
These goals are just that, goals .We are breeding towards these goals. Some we have attained. Others remain in process.
1: Above all a healthy animal
1a: Rams should have wide horns
1b: Ease of lambing
1d:Holding good FAMACHA and good body condition
1e: Good body confirmation
2: Foraging ability/100% grass
2a: Animals producing well on only pasture (including lactating mothers and animals for dairy proposes)
3a:Rams and ewes should be calm and easy to approach/work with
3b: Ewes should be diligent, attentive mothers
4a: Animals should produce reasonable amounts of meat, fiber and dairy on forage
We keep a guard llama to help protect against predators.